Cable Bahamas brings the XVIII Commonwealth Games to Bahamians on Cable 12

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Keith Wisdom, Director of Public Affairs and executive producer of Cable 12 announced today that Cable Bahamas would carry the Melbourne XVIII 2006 Commonwealth Games from Melbourne Australia.

The Games will be aired on channel 12 starting March 15th with the official opening, right through to the closing ceremony on March 26.

Cable Bahamas will receive the broadcast from TV New Zealand through the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), who will broadcast a slate of events from the Games that focus on the events in which Caribbean athletes are competing. Because of the time zone difference, customers will see a mixture of live and delayed broadcasts. Cable 12 will preempt its regularly scheduled programming to ensure that its viewers get an opportunity to see as much of the Games as possible.

“We were contacted by the CMC who have the broadcast rights for the Games” noted Tony Butler, President and COO of Cable Bahamas “to see if we were interested in carrying the Games. We immediately said yes. It’s the kind of programming our customers deserve to see and we were delighted to have the opportunity to bring the Games to The Bahamas.”

Mr. Wisdom added, “The Bahamas has a long and proud tradition in participating in the Commonwealth Games. In the past stellar athletes such as Debbie Ferguson have brought home gold, representing The Bahamas with distinction. This year the Bahamian track contingent is led by Laverne Eve defending Commonwealth Champion in the javelin and Tonique Williams Darling, World and Olympic Champion in the 400 meters. The Bahamas will again be sending a very strong team and we want all Cable 12 viewers to be able to cheer them on.”

Harcourt Rolle, Bahamas Olympic Association Vice President said, “This is great news that the Cable Bahamas community channel, Cable 12 has decided to carry this event. We have had numerous enquiries of this office as to where the games will be televised. We are extremely happy that the Caribbean Athletes including the Bahamian contingent of 28 athletes will be featured in their specific events in this twelve-day broadcast.”

A full schedule of events and broadcast times will be available on the Cable Bahamas web site at www.cablebahamas.com . Customers can also visit the official Commonwealth Games site at www.commonwealthgames.com as well as see a daily schedule of events on channel 12

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